Monday, December 5, 2016

stand your rock

"Protesters Gain victory in Fight Over Dakota Access Oil Pipeline"
The New York Times
--------------------------------------- [excerpt, Healy article] ----------------- Though the Army's decision calls for an environmental study of alternative routes, the Trump administration could ultimately decide to allow the original, contested route.  Representatives for Mr. Trump's transition team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Trump owns stock in the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, but he has said that his support has nothing to do with his investment. ---------------------- [end, excerpt]

more headlines

"As North Dakota Pipeline Is Blocked, Veterans at Standing Rock Cheer"
The New York Times

"Protesters celebrate as Army halts Dakota Access pipeline work
USA Today

"The Victory at Standing Rock:  What It Means, What Comes Next"
The Atlantic


Reader Comments
(the New York Times)

Lafayette, Colorado
I am overjoyed for the people of Standing Rock and their supporters.  Let us not claim victory too soon however. 

We need to continue to support the Water Protectors and keep the issue in view until a new route is chosen or the pipeline is abandoned.  This is a wonderful first step.

Sohio     Miami
Thanks to all our Native American brothers and sisters for reminding us what's truly important in this country.

Kevin     Toronto
Finally some good news!  Well done Water Protectors!

Snail Life     Long Island, New York
Congratulations to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their Chairman, Dave Archambault II for showing us how the Indigenous Peoples of North America, pull together to support each other. 

As a result of their strong and peaceful resistance, many different people helped to financially support their cause.  I was amazed at the organization of these peoples too, as a group. 

It was possible to buy supplies for them through Amazon, for example.  Last but not least, congratulations to all the others who were able to help on the ground, including the fabulous Veterans, who were willing to stand on the front lines to protect the Water Protectors. 

It warms my heart to see such an outpouring of empathy and action.  This is not over.  Please keep us informed of the progress regarding the rerouting of the pipeline.

Joe Sabin     Florida
It's good this got done before January 20th.  All bets are off after that.  Well done to all involved!

Karen Starr     Minneapolis, Minnesota
The people's voice has been heard!

Seb Williams     Orlando, Florida
A long-overdue victory for people over profits.

Mary G. Smith     Austin
Hallelujah.  Thanks Obama.

Clearwater     Oregon
This is firgging awesome rocking good news!  Please let this hold...

This is a great example of what can be accomplished if we hold our ground on everything.

Bless those O.P.'s (original peoples) for having the absolute courage of their ancestors.  They are amazing.

I stand here humbled by them. Humbled.

Not Again     USA
The power of people to make change by standing up to authority.  Don't be afraid to get involved for that which you believe to be righteous.  Thank you all who stood tall and steadfast.

Tom Moore     Seattle, Washington
Respect to all those brave and committed men and women who took a stand against the Dakota Pipeline.  Thank you for representing so many of us who were cheering you on.  And thank you to President Obama and the Corps of Engineers for being willing to do the right thing.

John     Port of Spain
Please build it along an alternate route before January 20!

Catstaff     Midwest
"The company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, has said that it was unwilling to reroute the project."

Let me make a suggestion:  Leave the filthy stuff in the ground altogether, as climate scientists recommend.

Problem solved.

NM     NY
May this disruption to the pipeline also be a reminder that energy companies do not have carte blanche over people and over land.

gary giardina     New York, NY
To all those who endured almost inhuman conditions in order to resist the planned pipeline route I extend my deepest thanks and congratulations.  May your efforts inspire the battles yet to come.

Kathleen     Missoula, Montana
And if President Trump reverses the decision, let's hope the NYT and other newspapers -- and radio and television -- reports that he has money invested in Energy Transfer Partners.  NYT, please, follow the money.

Robert     Iowa
I am so happy for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all those who have supported their efforts.  This is a major milestone in Native American history and the history of the environmental movement.  Obama has become a full-fledged member of the Water Protectors.  Thank you Mr. President.

The tribal Water Protectors, environmentalists, sympathizers and veterans came together to protest and protect in solidarity. 

Even if the Trump Administration snatches the victory away this demonstration shows that we can make America Great the way it should be great by acting together. 

Call it Democratic Populism.